BAKED FALAFEL BURGERS

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I remember the first time I ever tried Mediterranean food. I was in college working at a breakfast restaurant and my coworker kept telling me about her favorite local restaurant that served a killer vegetarian appetizer platter.

Up until that point, I had literally never heard of falafel or pita and had yet to jump on the hummus bandwagon. It was all a mystery to me.

But that all changed one day after work when she convinced me to join her for lunch. One bite in and I was ruined. Since then Mediterranean has become one of my absolute favorite cuisines. I practically have hummus pumping through my veins at this point.

Though I have mastered the art of Vegan Gluten Free Falafel, I’ve been craving a falafel burger these days. There’s something so substantial about a burger, and the flavors of Mediterranean cuisine lend themselves perfectly to toppings and sauces galore.

This recipe is simple, requiring just 7 ingredients. Plus, it’s seriously well spiced with infusions from both garlic and cumin for a tangy, smoky flavor that I absolutely adore.

They’re also baked for a healthier touch, though I do prefer giving them a little sauté beforehand to form an extra crust on the outside. I’m kind of a texture snob.

These burgers are super versatile! Serve them on pita for a more traditional falafel feel, atop greens for a seriously substantial salad, or wrapped in chard for a naturally gluten-free option.

As for sauces, hummus makes a lovely touch! Otherwise, my go-to Garlic Dill sauce is magic. You really can’t go wrong.

BAKED FALAFEL BURGERS
BAKED FALAFEL BURGERS

Ingredients
FALAFEL

  • 1 bundle fresh parsley (~2 cups chopped)
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 1 large lemon (~2 1/2 Tbsp juice)
  • scant 1/2 tsp sea salt + black pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, well rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup ground raw walnuts, pecans, almonds or GF oat flour

TOPPINGS / FOR SERVING

  • Garlic Dill sauce
  • Chili Garlic Sauce or Sriracha
  • 5 minute Hummus
  • Tomato, Lettuce, Onion
  • Pita or sturdy greens, such as chard or collard greens

Instructions

  1. Add parsley, garlic, lemon juice, cumin and a healthy pinch each salt and pepper to a food processor and mix to combine.
  2. Add chickpeas and pulse until incorporated but still slightly chunky. You want to maintain a bit of texture.
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add nut meal (or oat flour) and mix again until a loose dough is formed that’s firm enough to be handled. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a touch more salt.
  4. Draw an “x” in the dough to form 4 sections, then use your hands to form into 4 large patties roughly 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes to firm up. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F in the meantime.

You can find complete recipes of this BAKED FALAFEL BURGERS in minimalistbaker.com

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